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Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

Memory 04 - A Ship Of His Own

Claire Farnworth

In the beginning of the mission, the game will introduce you to how to use firecrackers. Throw some down onto the ground near the guards and they will rush over to inspect. Double assassinate them while they are distracted.

Create a distraction

Now that’s out of the way, time for the crux of the mission; to create a distraction so Adé can steal a ship. There are tons of guards between you and the tower but luckily you have dancers and firecrackers to help you out.

Head off towards the green marker and when you see a couple of guards together, throw some firecrackers out. Kill them as they run over. Duck behind corners and into haystacks where necessary and keep moving towards the tower. You won’t be penalised if you do get spotted but just make sure to clear enemies out swiftly using the blunderbuss.

Firecrackers are an excellent way to lure guards into a group or away from a position you need to get to.

When you get within about 30 metres of the tower, you will see a group of dancers nearby. Hire them and walk over to the guards near the powder keg and distract them. The other guards around there should come over too, allowing you to either kill them or steal the keg from under their noses. If that fails, use another firecracker to help. Make sure to distract at least 4 guards with them to complete the other objective!

Pick up the powder keg and run over to the tower. Place the keg on top of the green light and then ignite it. Beware of the gunner on the top of the tower who will probably spot you as you run over. Keep running and get underneath the tower before he is fully aware. Or you can hide in the nearby bush and wait for him to jump down, inspect it and then kill him as he does.

Find the blue icon on the minimap and head over there to use the dancers. Walk over to the guards near the powder kegs and distract them with the girls.

Reach the top of the mast to light the signal

After the tower has exploded, rush to the ship. Ignore any guards that try to stop you on the way. Take out the couple of guards on the deck and use the hook to launch yourself up to the platform with the gunner. Kill him and climb the mast out of sight of the adjacent gunner so he is not fully alerted. You can then reach the mast untroubled and complete the mission.

Side Activities - Liberate a slave ship

Before you can progress the main story you are now tasked with liberating a slave ship and rescuing a total of 150 slaves or more. Slave ships typically hold around 90 slaves and 10 maroons so they are perfect for achieving a significant improvement in the resistance. However, they do not go down without a fight.

Slave ships will always have escorts of some kind, usually a couple of brigs and a gunboat. These can deal heavy damage and sink you quite easily at close range so the best way of dealing with them is to bombard them with mortars from a distance. Only when a ship is severely weakened should you move in and use round or heavy shot to finish them off. Do be aware that if you hit the slave ship, you risk killing some of the slaves so be very careful of your aim!

Keep your distance, take out the escorts and you can then initiate boarding procedures on the slave ship. These are just standard procedures so kill the designated enemies in order to free the slaves. Apart from the freed slaves, you will also gain a good amount of cargo like metal and wood as well as Reales so they are definitely worthwhile liberating.

Sinking slave convoys will greatly increase your Wanted level and after sinking the last ship, Hunters will start pursuing you. Try and get to the slave ship before they arrive or things will get complicated.

The great thing about rescuing so many slaves is that it will unlock many upgrades for Adé and the ship so don’t forget to equip the best things you can at the hideout or the merchants around Port-au-Prince.

After you have rescued enough slaves, return to Bastienne to start the next mission.

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  • Platforms,
    PC, PS3, PS4, Wii U, XB One
  • Genre
    Action Adventure, Stealth
  • Guide Release
    26 November 2013
  • Last Updated
    7 December 2020
  • Guide Author
    Claire Farnworth

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The year is 1715. Pirates rule the Caribbean and have established their own lawless Republic where corruption, greediness, and cruelty are commonplace. Among these outlaws is a brash young captain named Edward Kenway. His fight for glory has earned him the respect of legends like Blackbeard, but also drawn him into the ancient war between Assassins and Templars, a war that may destroy everything the pirates have built. Welcome to the Golden Age of Piracy.

Inside this guide:

  • Every story mission (and how to get FULL Synch for each one!).
  • Every single side quest covered (Legendary Ships, Contracts etc).
  • All hidden treasure maps and treasures located.
  • Every miscellaneous mission is detailed.
  • Hunting/Harpooning/Crafting - it’s all in here.
  • All Templar Hunts
  • Trophy/achievement guide.
  • “Freedom Cry” and Playstation-exclusive “Aveline” DLCs covered in full.

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